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Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment 2018

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This annually released publication puts together scholarly articles with a focus on the human and institutional aspects of capacity building in the telecommunications/ICT sector. It covers a wide range of ICT topics that may affect people and their skills development. As the second issue in the series, the 2018 edition features contributions in an analytical, critical and conceptual approach from international experts on the subject of skills development in a digital era, with articles contributing to the ongoing discussions on how emerging technologies are transforming job markets, determining new skills sets requirements and driving the digital economy requirements for re-skilling.

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Capacity building initiatives in IoT in developing countries: Lessons learned and way forward

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the networked interconnection of objects in addition to traditional networked devices, as explained in Rose et al. The IoT is expanding, as the continual decrease in size, cost and energy consumption of wireless devices boosts the number of deployed wireless devices dramatically. The number of mobile objects composing the IoT will be huge: in 2020 between 12 to 50 billion devices are expected to connect with each other, a 12- to 50-fold growth from 2012. Several different technologies will converge into IoT, such as RFID systems, wireless sensor and actuator networks, and personal and body area networks, each using its own access solution. As there are many developmental challenges that the IoT can address, the technology has huge potential in developing countries: food safety can be checked, water quality can be monitored, air quality can be measured, landslides can be detected and mosquitoes can be counted in cities in real time, as described in the Information Society Report. Thus, with the advancement of the IoT, there is a worldwide need for technical professionals involved in developing communication and embedded systems. To boost economic conditions and to compete in the global marketplace, developing countries should invest in training IoT professionals who can develop and deploy innovative products, and services, and provide complete solutions for a wide array of applications across a diverse range of industries.

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